‘What’s next for Paul Finebaum?’ is becoming a frequent topic of conversation, but one thing that appears to be gaining traction for ESPN’s star college football analyst is a sitcom based on his life.
Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal first reported a potential sitcom for Finebaum back in February. According to SBJ, Finebaum and his agency CAA broached all four major networks about the possibility of creating a sitcom featuring his radio show as the focal point.
In a recent interview with Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer, Finebaum said the prospect of a sitcom is getting very serious. Although he didn’t mention the network or actor, Finebaum described the project as being in motion.
“There is a major Hollywood production company involved and already several writers are working on the script to be pitched to the major networks soon,” Finebaum told Fowler.
“The biggest news is a well-known actor is extremely interested in playing the lead. We did a call recently and it was fairly bizarre having a successful Hollywood actor asking me about me. He is considerably younger, so the idea is to set the sitcom at an early point in my career.”
Now in his fifth decade as a prominent sports media member, Finebaum began as a reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald, later launching The Paul Finebaum Radio Network and eventually joined ESPN in 2013. Finebaum remains under contract with ESPN through the 2020 college football season, part of a three-year extension he signed with the network in 2018 worth $5 million annually. He’s expressed a desire to stay with The Worldwide Leader, but Finebaum has also shared uncertainty regarding where his next contract will be.